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Jack R. Tarvin
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3d Reconnaissance Squadron
Where were you stationed?
Amberg, West Germany APO NY 09114
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
Specialist 4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1968 1969
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was assigned to the Personnel Section of the 3d Herd from January 1968-July 1969. The 3d Reconnaissance Squadron patrolled the Czech border from established border camps. During our deployment the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia. I have published a book of our experiences on Freedom's First Line of Defense, titled, What Did You Do In the Cold War, Daddy? available on Amazon.
Tell us a little about you now.
I am retired and living in Arlington, TX. We maintain contact with the guys I was stationed with in the 3d Herd and we have periodic reunions. Our last get together was in October. 2014 in Haverhill, MA
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Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Bennie Halliburton
Olin Wenrick
Guy Lombardo
Robert Schodrof
Jeff Schraeder

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At 4:15pm on September 7, 2016, Harry Warner said…

Hello Jack, you recently posted a photo with a group of guys you were stationed with.  One of those is Jim Burgos.  Jim was one of the early members of the Oldtimers group, and we were never lucky enough to get a photo of him.  Jim passed several years ago but we still have fond memories of him.  I notice you haven't joined us here at Oldtimers.  Please feel free to come on over.  If you have stories about Jim or other photos, please share them with us.  

At 10:52am on September 6, 2016, Jack R. Tarvin said…


Go to Amazon and type in my name or Ed's.  The book is there, but be careful there is another book with a simillar title.  Just look for us by name there to be safe.  And, don't forget to email me at jrtbjy@gmail.com.  I've got some things I'd like to pass on to you.

At 10:40am on September 6, 2016, Wolfgang Follman said…

Jack; where can I purchase a copy of the book that you and Ed wrote? Wolfgang

At 10:23am on September 6, 2016, Wolfgang Follman said…

Jack; Thanks for the kind words.I was very surprised to see this picture which I remember when it was taken,that's a lot for this old man. Due to a fire years ago I lost all pictures and records of my 13 years in the Army,especially my tree years at Pond.Those were very good years.

At 7:27am on September 6, 2016, Rick (Sgt. Marty) Martin said…

Morning Jack. I have been reading your book and I am seeing that things did not change much from the late 60's to the early 80's when I was at the Pond. Would love to have you check out our facebook page called Pond Barracks. We have a lot of fun and a lot of memories. We may have some members there that you may be able to reconnect with.

At 9:23pm on October 10, 2015, Bruce Gomez said…

Hey Jack I just finished your book and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.Even tho I was in Bamberg in 78 it some experiences never change no matter what year it is.You brought back a lot of memoriesfor me I forgot I had.

                                                                                           Thanks Bruce Gomez

At 6:32pm on February 14, 2015, nelson f wheatley said…

jack i sure would  i sit here all day and enjoy reading  i really loved my tour over there especially at pitman  just let me know what i need to do

At 6:10pm on February 14, 2015, nelson f wheatley said…

thanks jack  i'm just now able to get my self  back on the level  i've been having alot of ptsd problems but have found a good dr and he has really helped me out   thanks for asking me to be your friend   have been going through alot of stuff from the places i served in germany   hope to get and keep in touch with alot of the friends i had at Dachau  and at Crailsheim 

At 2:12pm on December 15, 2014, Jesse Kelley said…
At 2:00pm on December 15, 2014, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Jack.

Thanks for the tip on your book. I just ordered a copy.

Toujours Pret!


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